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La Parcela - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 53
Gots: 79 | FT: 5
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Kegatron on 11-04-2008

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Heatwave33
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: A cloudy brownish orange with an off white head.

Smell: Sour, hops, pumpkin, citrus.

Taste: Hops, sour, pumpkin, allspice, citrus.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, slightly coarse, dry finish.

Overall: I wasn't expecting the sourness but it was pleasent. Not too strong or overwhelming by any means. Definitely a diferent type of pumpkin beer. Cheers!

Photo of albertjr21
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brew pours a dirty and dull yellow golden color under a creamy head. A great lacing ensues. Nose carries a mild and brisk sweet herbal citrus aroma. Mouthfeel is of pleasantly sour (not too tart) citrus rind that delivers into a dry and bright wild berry finish with ending notes of cherry, green grapes, and what might be some subtle earthy raw pumpkin. Cheers, to something different amongst the pumpkin category! Sour lovers, this might be right up your alley...

Photo of ahq514
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml into snifter.

Pours a cloudy golden orange. Light head. Appears to have medium carbonation. Light lacing.

Has some elements of pumpkin spices, but has an added twist of tartness. The cacao adds an interesting element as well.

The different aspects of the beer meld together pretty well. Its an interesting mix of spices, mixed with the signature JP tartness. I don't really know how else to describe it. The tartness and pumpkin spices seem to alternate quite well. A very slight hop bite towards the end of the beer.

Medium carbonation and medium body.

This is an interesting spin on a pumpkin beer. Refreshing. Pumpkin spices are there but not overpowering. The signature JP tartness adds another interesting element that keeps me coming back for more.

Photo of n2185
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a murky yellow-brown with three fingers of white head that recedes into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: bubblegum and candy sugar at first with funky and musty Brett aromas. Slightly sour and citrusy aromas follow with some light fruit notes.

T: lots of funkiness with a light bitterness and a lot of sour flavors. There are some faint yeasty and Belgian sweet flavors that come through, but the funk dominates.

M: medium-light body with highish carbonation, this beer is fairly light and crisp.

O: a pretty decent beer, though I wouldn't call it a pumpkin ale. It's more of a saison or wild ale. Still, it's tasty and refreshingly tart.

Photo of Ghenna
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy Pilznerish color, white head, recedes fairly quickly.

Nice mix of sour and pumpkin pie spice on the nose, caramel sweet on the end.

Taste is- kind of light. bit of lemon, weak in terms of sour (like a lighter lemony bitter). Crisp carbonation.

I guess I'd say that this is pretty weak in terms of a pumpkin beer. Not an aweful lot of pumpkin involved, unfortunately. It is a good sour to introduce nubs to sour beers.

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split with wishuwerebeer and poured into some snifters. The brew alpears a clear orange color with a white cap about anfinger strong. The head holds with thin lacing across the top and a light swirl revives it.

The smell of this brew is quite lactic and funky with fruity undertones. There is a pleasant sourness of lemon essence throughout which is quite inviting before the first sip is even taken. There is a faint earthy element noted as well as the brew warms.

The taste is lemony and lactic with a pleasant sharpness with a fruity dry twist. There are some herbal tinges of earthy quality into the finish that are somewhat similar to the character of some pumpkin offeings but this one is quite different.

This is a dry and tart offering with a crispness to the finish that makes it easy to go back for more. It is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. I guess if you were expecting the typical pumpkin offering here you would be very dissapointment. However, in true JP fashion I found this to be wild and enjoyable.

Photo of smcolw
2.55/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Frothy white head that settles lumpily.

My first impression is sweet & sour sauce. Odd, eh? Leans to the sour side. I do not detect any spice or pumpkin in the smell. I think if I were blindfolded, I would guess this is a Cyser.

It tastes like a Cyser, meaning it seems to have soured apples, not pumpkins. Very sour flavor. I frankly don't know what to make of this--I detect no pumpkin, cacao or other spices here. The finish is similar to sucking a lemon.

My wife thinks its okay. I'm finding it difficult to finish.

Photo of oline73
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Churchkey. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a mild amount of white head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: There is a slight vinegar sourness with some mild fruity and herbal notes.

Taste: This one is quite sour. Vinegar and some tart lemon. Some herbal notes, but I don't pick up the pumpkin. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I don't really pick up any pumpkin, but it's a decent sour. That being said, I would go for another one of their offerings before I went back to this one.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a goblet. Split with my wife, the pumpkin beer aficionado.

Appearance - Murky orange body with an ample cream head. Great retention, pillowy remnants, and moderate lacing down the sides. JP beers always look nice.

Smell - So at first, it smells like every other JP beer I've had. Slightly funky, a little lemon tartness, black pepper, and some grassy hay smells. As it warms, I do get a hint of pumpkin, but it's faint. Interesting, but not what I was looking for or expecting.

Taste - Much like the smell. It tastes like a heavy saison, really. That's probably the yeast. The pumpkin flavor is immediate, but short lived. Tartness kicks in, but fades with warmth. The finish is slightly peppery and funky, like the smell, with just a hint of pumpkin coming back.

Mouthfeel - Dry, light, well carbonated. A very light and easy drinking pumpkin. Definitely not the pumpkin pie body everyone looks for in a pumpkin ale.

Overall - Definitely an interesting take, but still I'd rather have a pumpkin ale and a saison separate instead of together. My wife isn't into anything sour and immediately turned her nose up at it.

Photo of bsp77
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip on Halloween.

Appearance: Cloudy orange with large, foamy, cream-colored head and great lacing rings.

Smell: Expected sour aroma for a Wild Ale, with vinegar, cider, cherry and horseblanket. Some dry spiciness.

Taste: Taste is a little more complex and seems to have two primary layers. The first is sour and barely sweet, with apple cider, brett, vinegar and light caramel. The other layer is quite spicy and dry, and this where the nutty pumpkin and cacao subtly come into play.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation with a fairly light body. Long, lingering dry & tart finish.

Overall: This really should be classified as a Wild Ale, as that clearly takes precedent over the pumpkin and spices. Either way, this is a great and very refreshing beer.

Photo of russwbeck
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Muddy yellow-brown pour with a small white head. What remains of the head laces nicely down the side of my glass. The aroma is full of spices, pumpkin, gingerbread, very malty. Taste follow the smell, with some light pumpkin, emphasis on the spice, but not without a nice balance. The body is light to medium and very bubbly. Aftertaste is dry. I thought this was nothing special in terms of pumpkin ales. Tasty, but not worth the price.

Photo of ShanePB
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

10 ounce pour into a goblet at Craft Ale House on Halloween night. Jolly Pumpkin's first and only "Pumpkin Ale," you say? Don't mind if I do.

A: Bright orange, golden, copper colored body with a foamy, bubbly and sudsy white head. Fine carbonation bubbles try to latch to the glass but can't; no lace but a thin filmy coating seems to be left behind.

S: Funky brett, tart green apples and hay. Initially I was wondering where in the world are the "pumpkin" qualities of this beer? They're terribly faint and only show up in little flicks every so often. Gritty cinnamon and perhaps some clove in the extreme back end. Made with pumpkin and....cacao?! What, where? Typical JP smelling beer...

T: Slightly sweet but certainly has a nice tartness up front, just what I'd expect from these guys. Sort of has a brett-like funk to it, but the flavors are somewhat citrusy and a bit spicy on the end of the palate. This time, more of that cinnamon, allspice and a hint of black pepper come out. Again it's all terribly overwhelmed and muted by the twang the wild yeast gives the beer. Pumpkin and cacao? Nope, not here either.

M: Bubbly, super active carbonation but comes across sort of creamy and smooth. Not thin but on the lower end of a medium-bodied beer. Really drinkable for me and my expectations were met for the style and the brewer.

Lets be honest, Jolly Pumpkin is a great brewery but as of late, all their beers seem to taste the same, save a few. They're all dominated by the tart and funky nature of their beers that I don't think let the underlying flavors come through like they should. Enjoyable, drinkable but you'd never know this is supposed to be a Pumpkin Ale.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In honor or Halloween:

A-Pours a tawny bright orange copper color with a minimal head

S-Earthy, musky malt, a bit of funk, and a trace of hopping in the backdrop.

T-I would not have guessed there is pumpkin in this...you really have to look for it, but I supposed the imagination can be stirred to conjure up that. Slightly sweet malts give way to a mouthpuckering funky musky sourness with a decent lingering dry finish. Hint (only a hint) of some spicing here. Very subtle.

M-decent overall mouthfeel.

O-I would rate this higher if I were reviewing this as a wild ale. I was hoping for a pumpkin fix and got something else. Decent beer otherwise.

Photo of LaCoursiere
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 876, bottled 09/14/11. Poured into a tulip glass. My first time reviewing a pumpkin ale.

A - Pours a slightly cloudy dirty pumpkin orange with a thin head. Little noticeable carbonation. Thin lacing appears when sipped but dissipates quickly.

S - An earthy aroma with mild brett and malt with faint hops. There is a hint of tart fruit on the nose, smells like raspberry to me. I can't distinguish any pumpkin in the aroma.

T - Nice and tart fruit with subtle sweetness up front that fades to funky brett with slight vinegar. There is a whisper of grassy hops in the finish. There is lingering bitterness in the aftertaste and the pumpkin peeks through at the end.

M - Light bodied and smooth on the way in with a nice burst of carbonation and dry yet pleasant finish.

O/D - Jolly Pumpkin beers are always fun to taste because they are so unique in terms of style and flavor. I really liked this beer but I really couldn't find much in the way of pumpkin characteristics.

Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 885
Bottled 9-8-11

A - Murky amber with a fluffy white heads that leaves a thin layer of foam with patchy spots mixed in.

S - Funky sour JP aroma without much else. Hints of spice if you really search but hard to find.

T - Funky JP flavor. Light pumpkin and pumpkin spices are more noticeable than in the aroma. Very light hint of cacao as it warms.

M - Body is on the light side of medium with lively carbonation and a dry tart finish.

D - Strange beer. A lot of JP funk with just hints of anything else. Still enjoyable.

Photo of morimech
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 865/866 Bottled 8-16-2011

Pours a cloudy amber color with solid two fingers of head. The head had excellant retention that eventually settles to a thick cap. Large sheets of lacing is left down the glass. Awesome looking beer that compliments the season.

Aroma is not what I expected in a Pumpkin Ale. Brett funk permeates everything. Barnyard and fruit hints. Some pale malt is picked up as well.

Not much difference here from most other Jolly Pumpkin beers. Fruity and acidic with Brett funkiness. Just the slightest hint of spice, I would describe as nutmeg, in the finish. Pumpkin? what pumpkin? I like it.

Body starts off strong but falls off too quickly and becomes watery. The carbonation compliments the flavors and body nicely.

I would not describe this as a Pumpkin Ale. Forget about pumpkin and enjoy the Wild Ale for what it is.

Photo of nataku00
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a fluted glass. Beer pours a slightly hazy light orange color with minimal white soapy head. Some light lacing that slides quickly back into the glass and some light carbonation.

Nose is pretty weak, but there are some light lemon, apple, acetic acid tartness. Some slightly funky and earthy notes but not much pumpkin thought it does smell pretty interesting.

Taste follows the nose well, lemon, apple and a acidity balanced by some sweet stone fruit and some pumpkin flavor. Earthy and funky mid tongue, finishing pretty cleanly.

Light body with minimal carbonation, but still very refreshing. Really easy and enjoyable to drink. An interesting beer, though the pumpkin seems to be an afterthought for a nice wild ale.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch 610 bottled 8-13-10

pours a slightly light copper. creamy head. decent retention and lacing.

mainly sour and vinegar with mild spice. pumpkin i hidden beneath the sour.

mainly a light sour malty body. light tart apple with a bit of pumpkin and spice. nothing really stands out but nothing is overpowering. if the pumpkin was maybe turned up a notch, it would compliment the sour better.

mild carbonation with a bit of bite in the finish. slightly dry.

this is good, could be a bit better with more flavor. i will however have no issues finishing this.

Photo of porkinator
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark orange color with a finger thick white foam head. Hardly any lacing, no retention.

S - Tart smell, different spices. Getting a bourbon smell.

T - Not a whole lot of pumpkin, ironic? Very funky, spicy, cinnamon.

M - Thin, a lot of carbonation, mostly on the back of the tongue.

O - Not what I expected, but very golf. Had I known it was going to be a sour, I wouldn't have tries to enjoy it with a pumpkin pie.

Photo of beer2day
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dirty, murky orange pour with 1/2 finger of pale, loose head. Active carbonation. No retention and very light lace.

Smell is more sour than pumpkin. Tart cherry and pumpkin mix. Could this be a farmhouse pumpkin?

Taste backs up the nose. Pumpkin, raw unadulterated pumpkin comes in first. Sour, really tart finish. Starts off with a tart cherry, again mixing with pumpkin and then tongue-drying sourness overtakes.

Feel is very thin. Getting a bit syrupy, but thinner than the flavors warrant.

If you want to try a sour pumpkin, then give this a shot.

Photo of isitsavage
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 857, bottled 8-23-2011.

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Pours a dense/hazy orange with a nice 2-3 finger white head that fades to a nice pillow with excellent lacing.

Smell is mostly sour at first, there is something else there and I can't say it is definitely pumpkin but it does invoke a "Fall" feel for me. I'm assuming it's the "spices" but I can't pick out anything specific.

Taste is tart, vinous, slightly oaky, dry. Pumpkin and spice comes out here, there is just a touch of bitterness.

A little thin in the mouth for my liking, a bit of prickly carbonation, finishes tart and dry.

I had a bottle of this last week that said it was bottled in 2009. I enjoyed that one a bit more and thought the flavors were more pronounced so maybe I'll pick up another bottle of this to age.

La Parcela from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.